Patience is rewarded

•May 11, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Iris finally flowering. I planted this in August 2008 and this is the first time it has shown any sign of flowering. I was sold it as a purple iris but it seems a bit late to complain now!


Something is happening to my caterpillars…

•May 10, 2011 • Leave a Comment

…and it doesn’t look good ūüė¶

But the commas are growing well, and there is a comma caterpillar under most leaves of the hop plant

Down at the Bottom of the Garden

•May 9, 2011 • Leave a Comment

At the bottom of the garden by the shed I lifted a plastic seed tray to find this caterpillar in a damp patch of ground elder.  Identified via iSpot as a Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua fimbriata) caterpillar.

Tent-making comma caterpillar

•May 7, 2011 • Leave a Comment

It rained last night and I am convinced that this caterpillar made himself a tent by severing the top of his leaf causing it to fold around him:

I was right!

•May 6, 2011 • Leave a Comment


The eggs this morning…


…and the caterpillars this afternoon

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble

•May 5, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Not sure what these ants were doing to this tiny fly, but they reminded me of Macbeth’s 3 witches. They spent ages seemingly waving their antennae over the fly yesterday evening, and two of them were still doing it this morning.

The hop plant is the centre of my attention at the moment. This patch of eggs looks about to hatch. I had a batch of these last year, and they are caterpillars but as yet unidentified.

And the comma caterpillars are growing. There are at least 4 of them, all at the same stage, and one per leaf.

Always something to see

•April 28, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Well, the tadpoles have now dispersed and I only occasionally see one

But to compensate, the hops have become interesting. 2 comma caterpillars are on separate leaves. I’ve photographed 1st and 2nd instars:


And there is a patch of eggs on the underside of one leaf: